Italy was entirely without newspapers on Tuesday (5 June) and there were no radio or television news bulletins.
CU PULL OUT TO GV of 11 Massagers in Rome (3 shots)
GV PAN & SV News-stands (2 shots)
SV & CU Strikers with placards go into their meeting (3 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Storti, Union Secretary, speaking and audience applaud (3 shots)
OFFICES OF IL MESSAGERO: CLOSED NEWS-STANDS: STRIKERS GOING TO A STRIKE-MEETING IN ROME.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Italy was entirely without newspapers on Tuesday (5 June) and there were no radio or television news bulletins. The news blackout resulted from a general 24-hour strike, called by pressmen, to protest at what they saw as a threat to the freedom of the Italian press.
They say ownership of the pressis being concentrated into a few hands, and they fear a take-over by right wing groups.
The strike was decided after a right-wing magazine owner acquired a 50 per cent shareholding in 11 Massagers, Rome's top circulating newspaper, and its Genovose associate.
The alleged hold of the Christian Democrat party on the state radio and television network, and on its political reporting, has also aroused concern among journalists in Italy.